How do you respond to people who say, "You have such an expensive hobby! I could never afford that!"
That's when I show up at an event with equipment valued at maybe 1/10 the cost of my car, which is not an expensive car; and the equipment was built up over 5 years or more.
The person making the comment quite likely has a TV that cost as much as my telescope.
Any kind of boat or motorcycle would be a more expensive hobby than astronomy. So would spending 2 weeks in Florida every summer. Or just having a slightly more expensive car (barely distinguishable from what I actually have).
Are they admiring my (supposed) wealth? Trying to avoid admitting that what I actually have is knowledge and skill? Or what?